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Forest Preserve offers bike camping adventure

8/26/2019, 10:44 p.m.
The Forest Preserve District of Will County is offering a 50-mile roundtrip bike camping adventure that will give participants a ...
Take off on a 50-mile roundtrip bike camping adventure on Sept. 13-15 with the Forest Preserve District of Will County and GoodSpeed Cycles. (Photo courtesy of Thomas Photographic Services)

The Forest Preserve District of Will County is offering a 50-mile roundtrip bike camping adventure that will give participants a chance to sneak away by bike, spend two nights camping and return Sunday morning. The "Off-Leash: I&M Canal Trail Bike Ride and Overnighter" will be held from 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, through 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

The trip includes camping Friday night at Hickory Creek Preserve - Cleveland Road Access in Mokena, biking 25 miles Saturday, mostly along the Old Plank Road Trail and I&M Canal Trail, to McKinley Woods in Channahon. The group will enjoy a night hike, s'mores a campfire and socializing while camping along the Des Plaines River on Saturday night. Participants will bike 25 miles back to Hickory Creek Preserve on Sunday morning. Saturday breakfast/dinner and Sunday breakfast are included for campers. (Participants may choose to opt out of the Friday night camp and begin the ride Saturday morning at 10 a.m.; check-in between 8-10 a.m. Participants must be able to bike 25 miles each day over a variety of terrains.

The program is being offered in partnership with GoodSpeed Cycles. The cost is $85 per person and the all-ages program is free for children 11 and younger. For more details and to register, visit https://www.offleashovernighters.com/i-m-canal. The ride is limited to 100 bike campers.